What's the difference between immigrant and non-immigrant "intent"? The type of visa is determined by the purpose of the travel to the United States. Immigrant Visa An immigrant visa is for someone that intends to immigrate to the US or permanently live in the United States. Most immigrant visas have a path to citizenship after a number […]Read More »
New Policy: Trump Admin Will Deny Rather Than Issue RFEs
In a disturbing memo issued by USCIS (PM-602-0163) on July 13, 2018, we were made aware of a new policy which will make it much easier for the Trump Administration to issue denials for legal immigration cases across the board (with the exception of DACA), including fiance visas, spousal visas, green card applications and more.Read More »
Does Income Matter at the Embassy Phase? Gross or Adjusted Gross?
“Once the USCIS and NVC approves the case, and the case is mailed out to the beneficiary’s local embassy for interview, should the interviewer still look at adjusted gross income or gross income?”
For the fiance visa, absolutely. Because they don’t even look at income until the embassy.Read More »
Will USCIS or a U.S. Embassy Look at My Social Media?
“I’ve read they passed a bill on where they go into your social media after interview, which would prolong the process, and that’ll effect a lot of K-1 Visas and my fiance is from the Philippines.”
The government has always had that authority to investigate pretty much anything.Read More »
Does My Fiancé Need a Round-Trip Ticket? (K1 Visa)
“My girlfriend lives in Columbia, and she has a fiancee visa. Does she need to buy a ticket one-way or round trip?”
We actually receive that question quite often. If they do in fact have the fiancee visa, they’ll only need a one-way ticket because they are coming to migrate to the United States and then apply for a lawful permanent resident status (a green card).Read More »
What is “Extreme Vetting” & How Do I Prepare For It?
New standards are being rolled out that are designed to basically make it harder to immigrate to the US. The process to immigrate has always included a quite extensive vetting process, but these new measures are likely going to make it even harder.Read More »
How Do I Get My Indian Fiancé to the US?
“What’s the process for getting my Indian fiancee to the United States?”
If you intend to bring your Indian fiance to the US to marry her, that would be the K1 fiance visa. To qualify, the petitioner must be a U.S. citizen, and you both must be legally free to marry – That means previous marriages, if any, have been terminated by death, divorce or annulment.Read More »
Are Dating Sites the Same Thing as Marriage Brokers?
“What would you consider an international marriage broker? I met my fiancee through a dating website.”
It seems like nowadays they’re presuming every dating site is a marriage broker, unless you give them the terms of service or proof that they’re not.Read More »
What If I Marry Someone Different Than My K1 Petitioner?
“What if I married somebody different than the person who petitioned me for a K1 visa?”
This is not an entirely uncommon situation. In fact, we see this several times a year. Somebody will come here on a fiancee visa and for whatever reason, they don’t get married to that person who petitioned them. Ideally you’re supposed to get married within 90 days or leave.Read More »
Can I Use Social Security Disability (SSDI) as Income to Sponsor an Alien?
“Do Social Security Disability payments count towards the income requirement when bringing my fiance or spouse to the USA?” Income is income. Regardless of the source of the income, you can still count it and still use it. You must provide proof and evidence of income.Read More »